Jackson County, NC Selected as USA Today 2019 Winner for Fall Foliage

first_imgUSA Today has selected Jackson County as one of the top 10 destinations to visit for fall foliage. Nominated by a panel of industry experts and voted on by people from around the country, Jackson County was designated as winner of the category among an impressive pool of fall foliage destinations across the United States. All nominees were selected and subsequently voted on based on stunning fall colors presented in the destination and the unique leaf-peeping experiences available to visitors.Located in the Western North Carolina mountains, Jackson County, comprised of the towns of Cashiers, Sylva, Dillsboro and Cherokee, is less than a 3-hour drive from Atlanta and Charlotte. Jackson County, known for its stunning mountainside displays of autumn color, has long been heralded as a top leaf-peeping destination in the South. The area is uniquely positioned between the Great Smoky Mountains and the Blue Ridge Mountains, making it the perfect spot for vibrant autumn hues. Based on the elevation profile of the county, 2000-6000 ft. in elevation, Jackson County boasts one of the longest fall seasons in the Southeast. With the area’s numerous scenic hiking and biking trails, the highest number of named peaks in North Carolina, the highest point on the Blue Ridge Parkway and easy access to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, it’s no wonder that the area is fan favorite for leaf-chasers. While this award alone is a great honor for the area, the designation is given even more significance considering the other distinguished destinations in the roundup. Claiming the top spot over a list of prominent destinations from around the country, including northern Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains, New York’s Catskills and Finger Lakes, Vermont’s Green Mountains, Washington state’s Okanagan Valley, and last year’s reigning champion, Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, brings great pride to the Jackson County TDA and Jackson County’s residents.With fall projected to last into mid-November, visitors have more time to plan the perfect mountain, leaf-peeping getaway. Uncover the magic of Jackson County and experience all that these vibrant towns teeming with local flair have to offer. From shopping from local artisans; to dining at locally sourced, farm-to-table eateries; to sipping craft brews at one of six breweries that call Jackson County home; to fly fishing on the Western North Carolina Fly Fishing Trail®, Jackson County has visitors covered!last_img read more

User Ignorance Causes Cloud Security Leak; Accounts, Passwords Revealed

first_imgAnd Why Me?A spokesperson for Amazon pointed out that snapshots were private by default and users must choose to share them. According to Amazon, “in general users understand this feature very well as this is no different than users explicitly choosing to share their data by any means.” However, as we’ve seen, users are obviously making their data inadvertently public. Amazon said they were updating their documentation “to provide more explicit guidance on this feature,” and that they would be “reaching out to the few who may be unknowingly sharing their snapshots.”The question, though, is: Is it too easy to accidentally make your data public – and whose role is it to play data cop?This leads to me, at 1 a.m., and finding security leakage with Amazon’s cloud customers while doing unrelated housekeeping. Look, I’m anything but an IT Security guy; I’ve got enough on my plate to worry about. For god’s sakes, I have 6 kids! Moreover, I’m an outspoken supporter for moving companies to the cloud – and I exclusively recommend Amazon’s cloud because of its reliability and features. Why is it me that finds this security issue – one that has been open since January of this year if the Snapshot dates are accurate.This tells me that there is a pattern about to be replayed: That the users on the cloud today are a motley crew. That we need more supervision and hand-holding – whether we like it or not. That powerful services like CloudKick and CloudSplit need to be encouraged to add security as a top-priority feature. And we need to budget for their services and embrace their boring, yet hyper-important role as perimeter guard and security inspector.If I were to try to keep this security problem in the bag – and avoid alerting the community – I would be fostering a sense of complacency that is antithetical to the marketplace needs. The cloud is so young that when we find a problem we need to admit it and find real, workable solutions. Since the cloud represents new ways of doing things, it gives us new ways of getting in trouble, and we need a lively forum for nipping these issues in the bud and laying a framework for ongoing success.What Now?If you are on Amazon’s cloud, I can’t stress enough that you need to immediately go to your AWS Management Console. Check at a minimum that your Snapshots, for every Region, are marked PUBLIC only if you mean them to be available to ALL other Amazon Web Services users. I’ve already checked mine. If you find data that you did not intend to make public, you need to engage your security team to remove the snapshots from the public and mitigate any data exposure.Hopefully this gets chalked on the wall as a lesson learned – and we continue our march to the cloud with a deeper appreciation of our security support needs. This isn’t about calling people out. I work in the cloud and am passionate about its development. These mistakes could very well have been ones I made – or any other cloud user. To move the cloud forward we need to encourage a dialog about our new found power, new paradigms and new needs in the cloud. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting guest author 1 Related Posts Tags:#Analysis#cloud#security#Trends Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… At 1:00 a.m. on Sunday morning I was doing routine maintenance on my personal Amazon Web Services account and instead found myself looking at something I had no right to be seeing: A database with 800,000 user accounts to the e-card site CardMaster.com. Along with that were the database passwords and back end of a major U.S. Public Broadcasting Service news show website (Gwen Ifill’s Washington Week), including daily updates from panelists on the stories they cover.I wish I wasn’t the person to find this. I founded one of Amazon’s earliest dashboards. My consultancy is on Amazon’s European Customer Advisory Board. But this highlights a significant issue in the cloud today: There is a whole new user profile acting as developer and administrator. We are becoming empowered with amazing tools – and being given enough rope to really hang ourselves.Guest author Jonathan Siegel is a serial entrepreneur and founder of the cloud applications consultancy ELCTech.com as well as a handful of cloud startups. Jonathan’s book, Electric Connections, is due out in June of this year.I am an early adopter, business builder and owner of a cloud consultancy. On Sunday morning I went to clear out my personal Amazon Web Services account of excess files after seeing huge usage numbers from a report by CloudSplit. For those technically inclined, I was clearing out my S3 buckets and moving the few files that I wanted to save into an EBS disk instead.My EBS disk ran out of space and I went to use a feature called EBS Snapshots. Snapshots are like a tape backup of your EBS disk drive. That’s when I noticed something odd: My EBS Snapshot account was filled with hundreds of snapshots, when I knew I had only made a handful. I wondered, Why do I have access to these backups? Were these backups made by my teammates? Shared snapshots from Amazon? Or something else… How Did This Happen?Amazon is the largest and longest running public cloud computing platform. It has pushed the boundaries of technology infrastructure for us users. In fact, it has given us tools that are more powerful than anything we previously had available in our own small datacenters. This is great, because before we needed to hire trained Cisco or NetApp administrators in order to do basic tasks as our websites scaled. This was expensive and added another step – a delay – to our deployments. Amazon’s infrastructure commoditizes much of this technology into simple Web calls; paste some XML to Amazon and your website gets a full incremental backup to live-networked NAS. But as Stan Lee has warned us: With great power comes great responsibility.By giving programmers control of the network and storage, we’ve empowered developers to take on system administration chores. This power has come too quickly or is being digested too lightly – as my discovery has shown.In the case of PBS’s Washington Week there was quick acceptance of the issue. “It was human error and nothing personal was exposed,” said Kevin Dando, PBS’s Director of Digital Communications. “Although we weren’t aware of the issue initially, it was easily corrected. Because of Amazon’s strong audit capabilities we could pinpoint the error and fix it quickly.”Despite numerous attempts we were unable to reach CardMaster.com.This highlights a deeper issue in the cloud today: Despite what you may think, cloud security is not sexy. We are seeing products that address the baseline needs of cloud functionality, like Amazon’s dashboard and the support sites for the cloud. They focus on the sexy: deploying mobile apps, auto-scaling, grid processing and other buzz-word-friendly features. But the dirty truth is that the cloud has a whole new user profile acting as administrator and needs a new set of tools and expectation management to ensure that little mistakes make little problems and not big ones.Remember: This is not something that Amazon did wrong. This is an intentional switch thrown by Amazon’s users that allowed their data to be public to any other Amazon user. The users did not mean to hit that switch and it’s unclear whether those users would have found this issue without my notification.This is the switch in Amazon’s Web Console. It can be more subtle when packaged deep within cloud-assisting tools: A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… What I saw were backups of Enron emails, a genomics database and then two made my stomach turn – a database for 800,000 user accounts to CardMaster.com and the database and site files for the Washington Week website. Yeah, the Enron emails are a non sequitur and the genomics database was likely meant to be public. But the other two, there’s no way they were intended for the public, yet here they were – marked as public and available to me or any other Amazon cloud user. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Daily Wrap: iBooks 2 Not an Immediate Game Changer and More

first_imgWill Windows Phone Get Instagram Before Android?Fast Company is reporting that Instagram is working with Microsoft to develop a version of the popular photography app for Windows Phone.Critics love Windows Phone, but it still has a relatively low market share, which left most people to assume Instagram would next aim to conquer Android. The photography application was named the iPhone’s app of the year by Apple and now has more than 15 million users. (more) Top 0 Lessons Learned from the SOPA ProtestSo what just happened? Well, several of the world’s most prominent Web destinations interrupted their regular programming to remind their readers of the dangers of a world where certain content may be arbitrarily made to disappear. For most Americans, this was probably the first they’d seen of any efforts by Congress to change the Internet, for whatever reason they’d want to do so. (more) Related Posts Ditch the Dongle: Make Payments With Your Smartphone’s Camera With Card.ioImagine making credit card-based payment with your smartphone. Visions of dongles are go dancing through your head. This is a function of conditioning that companies like Square and Intuit have taught users to expect. But, what if you could make a payment just by scanning the card with your smartphone’s camera? Ditch the dongle. That is the goal of payments startup card.io. (more)Keep up with ReadWriteWeb by subscribing to our RSS feed or email newsletter. You can also follow ReadWriteWeb across the web on Google+, Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn. Apple Takes Aim at Education With iBooks 2 and Textbook Publishing ToolsHaving already done their part to shake up several industries, Apple officially unveiled what the company hopes is the next phase in textbooks. Starting today, iBooks 2 will be available in the iTunes App Store. The update will provide access to Apple’s new breed of interactive textbooks, which are aimed at high school students and will cost $14.99 each. To help populate the store, the company is also launching a suite of digital publishing tools for authors. Phil Schiller, Apple’s VP of Worldwide Marketing, revealed the company’s plans this morning. (more) Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Twitter Buys Summify for the Next 500 Million UsersTwitter has acquired Summify, a service that digests the links in one’s Twitter feed and produces a daily email of the most relevant stories. The developers will join Twitter’s Growth team, and their work will still “explore ways to help people connect and engage with relevant, timely news.” As Twitter nears 500 million users, it needs new ways to teach them how the service works. (more) John Paul Titlow doesn’t think today’s launch of iBooks 2 will disrupt the textbook industry anytime soon. This and more in today’s Daily Wrap.Sometimes it’s difficult to catch every story that hits tech media in a day, so we wrap up some of the most talked about stories. We give you a daily recap of what you missed in the ReadWriteWeb Community, including a link to some of the most popular discussions in our offsite communities on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Google+ as well. Foxconn Chair Calls Employees AnimalsTerry Gou, chairman of Taipei-based Hon Hai, Foxconn’s parent company, called his employees animals at a recent company party, according to Want China Times. Foxconn makes many of the devices Western consumers use, such as the iPhone and the Kindle.“Hon Hai has a workforce of over one million worldwide,” he said, “and as human beings are also animals, to manage one million animals gives me a headache.” (more) A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Why Apple Won’t Disrupt the Textbook Industry Anytime SoonStarting today, Apple’s iBooks 2 became available in the iTunes App Store. Though Apple is known for disrupting industries, as they have done with the mp3 player, the phone, the tablet and music purchases, John Paul Titlow thinks the disruption of the textbook industry may take a bit longer, much like their attempt to disrupt television.From our readers:More Must Read Stories: Tags:#community#web robyn tippins Infographic: Key Moments in Social Media LawThe Socially Aware blog has put together a nice infographic that highlights several key decisions in social media case law, starting with the Sony v. Universal Supreme Court Betamax recording decision of 1984 and continuing to the more recent past. In light of the SOPA and PIPA protests and discussions of this week, I found the review enlightening and interesting to see how far we have gone in terms of legislating copyright violations and other digital misdeeds. Remember Facebook suing and ultimately crushing Power.com? How about Courtney Love’s Tweet that supposedly defamed a fashion designer? (more) 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Al-Shabaab Tweets TerrorSince the Kenyan army has gone into Somalia in October (during my trip to Kenya), the main Islamist group Al-Shabaab has used Twitter in its propaganda war against the Kenyan government.It’s latest tweets, posted yesterday on @hsmpress, include photos and descriptions of two Kenyan government officials they’ve kidnapped, Fredrick Irungu Wainaina and Mule Edward. (more) Maybe Turning Off Email Is Catching OnLast year I wrote this post reviewing 40 years of using email. I am old enough to recall many of those events and while I wasn’t exactly present at the dawn of email, I know people who were. But it seems as if email, at least corporate email, has come and is in the process of going all in my own lifetime. A number of factors are making turning off, or at least reducing your email dependency, more viable these days. (more)last_img read more

Pennsylvania Net Loss Cap Increases Take Effect

first_imgPennsylvania increases in the net operating loss cap deduction are now effective. Enacted in 2017, the net loss cap is now:35% of taxable income in 2017; and40% of taxable income in 2018 and after.Increases Triggered When Requirements MetFor these increases to take effect, the enacting legislation required:the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to hold all or a part of the net loss deduction limitation unconstitutional; andthe Department of Revenue to publish notice of that court decision in the bulletin.The court issued a decision in October 2017, that found the flat $3 million net loss deduction carryover provision unconstitutional.The department’s notice appears in the most recent bulletin.Act 43-2017 Notice of Pennsylvania Supreme Court Decision Concerning Constitutionality of Corporate Net Income Tax Net Loss Deduction, Pennsylvania Department of Revenue, January 27, 2018 , ¶204-621Login to read more tax news on CCH® AnswerConnect or CCH® Intelliconnect®.Not a subscriber? Sign up for a free trial or contact us for a representative.last_img read more

Probable line-ups: Gladbach-Roma

first_img Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/ Javier Pastore could be dropped for Diego Perotti when Roma face Borussia Monchengladbach in the Europa League on Thursday. Monchengladbach have surprised everyone in the Bundesliga this season, taking top spot after 10 rounds played, but remain bottom of Group J in the Europa League. Leonardo Spinazzola is suffering from a muscle problem, so Paulo Fonseca will have to call on Santon at right-back. Jordan Veretout and Gianluca Mancini are expected to continue together in the midfield double pivot, whereas Perotti could get the nod as Roma’s No 10, given Pastore started the 2-1 win against Napoli. Mert Cetin was sent off against Napoli, and it’s likely the Turk will be replaced in the heart of the defence by Federico Fazio tomorrow. Gladbach, meanwhile, could switch to a 4-3-3 formation, meaning recalls for Lars Stindl and reported Inter target Denis Zakaria. Borussia Monchengladbach (probable): Sommer; Lainer, Ginter, Jantschke, Wendt; Zakaria, Kramer, Neuhaus; Herrmann, Thuram, Stindl Roma (probable): Lopez; Santon, Fazio, Smalling, Kolarov; Veretout, Mancini; Zaniolo, Perotti, Kluivert; Dzeko Referee: Gil Manzano (ESP)last_img read more

10 months agoBarcelona coach Valverde relieved to defeat Celta Vigo

first_imgBarcelona coach Valverde relieved to defeat Celta Vigoby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona coach Ernesto Valverde admitted some relief after their 2-0 win over Celta Vigo.Valverde says he is looking forward to the break that is to come and he wants his team to keep winning in 2019.”We broke their defensive line well in the first half,” he said after the match.”They wanted to reduce the space inside, but the room was behind their defence and that’s where the first goal came from.”In the second half we were more tired, we didn’t have the ball as much and we wanted to play very fast.”Jordi Alba and Lionel Messi’s incredible chemistry was on show again as the pair combined for another goal.”Alba and Messi understand each other perfectly and it keeps on working,” he said. About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

a month agoInter Milan coach Conte delighted with Barella start to season

first_imgInter Milan coach Conte delighted with Barella start to seasonby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveInter Milan coach Antonio Conte is delighted with Nicolo Barella’s start to the season.The midfielder has shone since his summer arrival from Cagliari.Conte said, “Barella has precise characteristics and plenty of room to grow. He’s as generous as I was, he’s a lad who radiates energy from all his pores.“We’ll have to be good at channelling the energy into the places we want. He’s a lad who has a lot of potential, he works hard and has made himself available.“He has all the ingredients to become a pillar for Inter.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img

Nikiski Fire Dept Puts Out BackToBack Fires Sunday Afternoon

first_imgCapt. Harris: “The home was fully involved upon our arrival. We brought in a defensive attack and got it under control fairly quickly. There were also no injuries at this fire.”  Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Nikiski Fire Department responded with mutual aid from Kenai to two residential fires on Sunday afternoon in Nikiski. The second structure also sustained major damage. The cause of both fires remains under investigation. According to Harris the structure, a mobile home, suffered major damage as a result of the fire. There were no reported injuries.center_img Captain J.T. Harris with the Nikiski Fire Department said the department responded to the first structure fire at 12:32pm: “Our crews responded to what came in as a structure fire off Maize Avenue. We responded with 20 personal, and Kenai engine 3 responded with a tanker to aid with water supply.”  The second call came in at 3:35pm for the report of a fully engulfed structure fire at a mobile home on Blaise Court off Island Lake Road.last_img read more

Alaska Stems A LocallyOwned Flower Farm In Homer

first_imgRachel Lord presented at the Kenai Peninsula Economic Development forum in Homer, on January 8: “We’ve been growing and selling local flowers in the Homer-area since 2012. Agriculture in the Homer area has a long and rich history. We have a favorable climate and really good soil for farming.” Lord: “I knew this was not something that I was interested in doing as a hobby. So we found something we could do to make some money out of it. I had gardening experience, and we really kind of fell into the world of cut flowers to potentially make money off of a small amount of land.”  Alaska Stems makes up around half an acre in production. They have three high tunnels and approximately 6,000 square feet of outside raised beds. According to Lord you can often find veggies in their floral arrangements.last_img read more